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How Everyone on the Autism Spectrum, Young and Old, can...

How Everyone on the Autism Spectrum, Young and Old, can...

become Resilient, be more Optimistic, enjoy Humor, be Kind, and increase Self-Efficacy - A Positive Psychology Approach

June Groden, Ayelet Kantor, Cooper R. Woodard, and Lewis P. Lipsitt

Quick Overview

This book looks in detail at five positive character traits - resilience, optimism, humor, kindness, and self-efficacy - and offers tried and tested strategies for bolstering each strength in individuals with ASD. The authors provide rich and varied lesson plans which contain a multitude of activities and which can be easily implemented.
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Paperback / softback
2011, 0.16in x 0.16in / 4mm x 4mm, 272pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-853-7
CA$29.95
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2011, ePUB, 272pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-520-5
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Description

Encouraging people on the autism spectrum to foster positive emotions and character traits can dramatically improve their lives in every way, and help to strengthen their ability to cope with everyday challenges and setbacks.

Drawing on the key concepts of positive psychology, this book looks in detail at five positive character traits - resilience, optimism, humor, kindness, and self-efficacy - and offers tried and tested strategies for bolstering each strength in individuals with ASD. The authors provide rich and varied lesson plans which contain a multitude of activities designed to build on the five areas identified, and which can be easily implemented at home, at school, or in the community.

This complete "toolkit" provides parents, educators and other professionals with everything they need to know to use positive psychology strategies to support people of all ages and abilities on the autism spectrum.

Reviews

'This book is suitable for anybody caring for, supporting or working with someone on the autistic spectrum. It focuses on building positive traits, which provides a pleasant alternative to the many books that concentrate on problems and negative behavior... the building blocks that are provided here are great foundations for helping someone with Autistic spectrum Disorder go from strength to strength.'
- Youth in Mind

'How Everyone on the Autism Spectrum... presents a positive psychological approach to nurturing positive emotions and character traits in individuals with autism. This book provides parents, teachers, and other professionals with ways to do this utilizing home, school, and community activities... By fostering positive character traits, you can improve the quality of life of individuals with autism. The five traits selected for this book have been fully described and related research presented. The latter section of the book contains many interesting activities that will allow the individual to work on the positive character traits. The book presents unique information with activities that are easy to implement.'
- S-O-S Research blog

'This is a very thorough and uplifting aid for professionals working with persons with autistic and developmental disabilities.'
- ForeWord Magazine

'This book encourages supporting persons with autism and developmental disabilities by building on character strengths and incorporating their whole life experiences, rather that working with a pathology - or deficit-based model.'
- ForeWord Reviews

Resources

page 94: Things I Look Forward to Worksheet
page 98: Fun Activity Cards
page 99: Racing Toward Optimism
page 105: Situation Scenes 1 and 2
page 106: Situation Scenes 3 and 4
page 107: Situation Scenes 5 and 6
page 108: Situations I Have to Deal with Sometimes Worksheet
page 111: Dealing with My Problems Worksheet
page 115: Evaluation Form for Humor Activities
page 116: Scoring Rubric
page 119: Funny Faces Template
page 134-135: Sample Picture Rehearsal Scene
page 140: Folding Towels Task Analysis Worksheet
page 141: Unloading the Dishwasher Task Analysis Worksheet
page 142: Making a Salad Task Analysis Worksheet
page 143: Sweeping the Floor Task Analysis Worksheet
page 144: Helping at Home Worksheet
page 152: Overcoming Challenges Evaluation Form
page 155: I Set My Goals Worksheet
page 168: Leaves Template
page 171: Secret Pal Worksheet
page 176: Mistakes and Failures
page 177: Transitions
page 179: Learning New Skills
page 181: Asking for Help (Generic)
page 184: Problem Solving Basic Challenges Evaluation Form
page 186: Samples of Categories to Choose From: Leisure Time
page 187: Samples of Categories to Choose From: Chores
page 188: Samples of Categories to Choose From: Physical Activities and Community Outing
page 192: Asking for Help Evaluation Form
page 194: Symbols of School and Community
page 195: My Community Evaluation Form
page 197: Ladder Board
page 200: Calling Emergency Services and Ordering Pizza Scripts
page 201: Inviting a Friend to Your House to Play and Calling the Library Scripts
page 205: My Strengths Worksheet
page 208: Step-by-Step Problem-Solving Plan
page 209: Problem Solving Evaluation Form
page 222: Evaluation Form (Teacher Version)
page 223: Evaluation Form (Student Version)

Worksheets featured in the book